Seems to be the message of an article from The Spectator this morning. Written by a self professed atheist he takes Richard Dawkins and his fellow militants to task. It must be a bit of a shock for Dawkins to learn that his refusal to acknowledge the good that stems from faith and religious beliefs is now annoying fellow unbelievers. Under the title "Atheists vs Believers" Douglas Murray writes a very good case for a lot more discussion and perhaps some 'listening' from the Dawkins camp. Ironically several of the comments make his case even stronger. Some comments cannot get past Genesis and Adam and Eve. They dismiss everything about faith and religion because, in their view if Adam and Eve didn't exist then all of the Bible is a lie and a deceit to "blind people' and 'prevent them thinking for themselves."
Dawkins and his supporters display an arrogance that I find offensive. I'd find it offensive even if I weren't a committed Christian, which, because I have a faith, is something I have to spend a lot of time finding answers to deep philosophical and sometimes physical questions. This is, apparently, something some of the comments attacking Douglas Murray's article seem to be incapable of themselves. Frankly I find Dawkins and his fundamentalist supporters, many of whom are not, as he is, scientists, as bad as those of a 'militant' religious mindset. Neither is capable of growth, neither is capable of looking outside of their 'received' positions and asking questions about why they believe as they do. This is, essentially what Douglas Murray is saying about Dawkins latest debate in the Cambridge Union where he was pitted against ++Rowan Williams and the Mulsim Scholar Tariq Ramadan. His petulant and sneering - and one gathers simplistic assault - drove Mr Murray to join with the Archbishop and the Muslim to challenge that view.
I have to quote -
Do you realize
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